It is an odd fact that many of the provincial tombs of twelfth-dynasty (ca. 1991––1783 BC) officials are better known than are the tombs of high officials that surround the pyramids of the kings of that dynasty in the royal cemeteries at Lisht and Dahshur. This book on Middle Kingdom non-royal tomb architecture at Lisht, the site of the pyramids of Amenemhat I and Senwosret I, the first two kings of the twelfth dynasty, is therefore very welcome. It is primarily based on work carried out under the auspices of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1906––34 and again in 1984––91. Although the main focus is the architecture of the tombs, it also includes what remains of the relief decoration, painting, and inscriptions, as well as statuary and sarcophagi.

The book is divided into two major parts: the tombs at Lisht-South...

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